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Marijuana Arrests In Colorado Down 95% Since Legalization, But Arrest Rates Still Twice As High ...

Arrests for possessing, growing and distributing pot have dropped significantly in Colorado since the state legalized marijuana in 2012, but black Coloradans are still far more likely to be arrested for such charges than whites. Although the number of overall marijuana arrests has plunged by 95 percent since 2010, the rate of arrests for blacks in the state remains 2.4 times higher than for whites, according to a study released last week by the New York City-based Drug Policy Alliance.

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01
Apr

Advocates sobered by TN medical marijuana bill language

Many advocates were ready to support – until they found out what’s in it

In Jan. 2014, Bernie Ellis takes questions during a “lobby day” at the state legislature after briefing supporters who came find out what they could do to help get medical marijuana legalized in Tennessee.(Photo: Larry McCormack / THE TENNESSEAN)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – They didn’t have to pass it to find out what’s in it, but some advocates of medical marijuana were wondering if passing the Republican version was worth the wait after the legislation made it to the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Leaf-Chronicle received a PDF copy of the legislation early Tuesday morning.

Wed
01
Apr

Kansas woman wants lawmakers to focus on legalizing medical marijuana not marijuana penalties

LENEXA, Kan. - As more states legalize marijuana use, marijuana laws in Kansas are being challenged.

Wichita residents will vote on April 7 about making marijuana possession a $25 fine instead of a felony . The Kansas Attorney General is promising to sue Wichita if the measure passes and is adopted as a city ordinance in Wichita..

Kansas State Representative John Rubin has a bill pending in the House that would lessen the penalty of first and second offense marijuana possession. It would no longer be a felony conviction which eliminates possible prison time.

Wed
01
Apr

Medical marijuana report release could lead to expanding N.J. program

TRENTON — New Jersey's medicinal marijuana program last year served 4,228 patients and their caregivers who chose from 33 different strains of cannabis to alleviate their suffering, according to the latest annual report issued by the state Health Department late Tuesday.

Wed
01
Apr

Toledo marijuana site owner selected

A Cincinnati developer will be the primary owner of the Toledo marijuana-growing facility if Ohio voters approve a proposed marijuana legalization amendment, the campaign announced today.

David Bastos, a partner with Capital Investment Group Inc., is the lead investor in the firm that will own 6070 Hagman Rd. in North Toledo.

The 28.5-acre site, now a corn field with a house, will be one of 10 marijuana “grows” allowed in the state under an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, if voters approve in the Nov. 3 election. All 10 locations, which will grow marijuana and sell it to manufacturers, medical dispensaries, and marijuana retailers, are already identified, by parcel number, in the proposed amendment.

Wed
01
Apr

Uruguayans skeptical as government takes control of marijuana market

As Uruguay embarks in a historic direction to control and regulate its marijuana industry, nearly six out of 10 of its citizens disagree with the policy according to the Latin American Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University.

Law 19.172, passed in December 2013, made the small Latin American country the first in the world to take over all activities related to the marijuana market, including growing, distributing and selling cannabis and all its byproducts. While the measure has earned Uruguay kudos in some quarters for creativity, parts of law 19.172 violate treaties that comprise the International Drug Control Regime.

Wed
01
Apr

Alaska Pot bill passes without Kelly's marijuana concentrate ban

JUNEAU — Pictures of blown-up homes, pot-infused candy and a dire warning that weed edibles will kill children weren’t enough to ignite support for a Fairbanks senator’s amendment to ban marijuana concentrates in 2017.

Republican Sen. Pete Kelly’s attempt to criminalize marijuana concentrates when the two-year constitutional protection for Ballot Measure 2 expires fell flat on the Senate floor Monday, with many fellow Republicans and urban Democrats concerned the ban was an overreaction that undermined voter intent.

The amendment was offered to a largely non-controversial bill updating criminal law to be in line with the voter initiative to legalize marijuana.

Wed
01
Apr

Pot lobby turns its back on 'Cheech & Chong'

Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.

 

The marijuana lobby is tired of the “Cheech & Chong” stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress.

That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association dropped actor and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push slated for the end of April. According to an internal email obtained by POLITICO, the cannabis industry wants to move past the stoner stereotypes embodied by Chong as it tries to remake itself as a serious and respectable segment of the economy.

Wed
01
Apr

Hundreds apply for spot on OLCC's marijuana rules committee

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission plans to announce the makeup of its marijuana rules advisory committee by the end of April.

The agency initially planned to have the committee's membership finalized by mid-March, but was swamped with applicants, said spokesman Tom Towslee. Towslee said an estimated 500 people expressed interest in serving on the panel, which will help shape the rules for the regulated recreational marijuana industry.

Wed
01
Apr

Two Russians charged with selling marijuana, bongs online

Eight Russian tourists were detained, and two of them charged with possessing and selling marijuana and bamboo pipes for smoking it online, on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani, police said on Wednesday.

A police officer shows a carved bamboo pipe used for smoking marijuana following a raid on two houses on Koh Phanan island on April 1 in which eight Russian tourists were detained, and  two of them charged with possessing and selling marijuana and bamboo pipes for smoking it on Facebook. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

Pol Col Pachum Ruengthong, chief of Koh Phangan police, announced the arrest of the three men and five women following a raid on two rented houses on the island.

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